Latrice Royale Talks 'Drag Race' Elimination, Starting a Management Company: 'I Didn't Trust Anybody'


On Friday evening (Jan. four), followers of RuPaul’s Drag Race bid adieu to one of the crucial beloved queens within the present’s decade-long historical past, as Latrice Royale was eradicated on All Stars four. The season marked Latrice’s third on the present: she competed in each season 4 and the unique season of All Stars.

After 4 episodes, the drag legend discovered herself within the backside two alongside Monet X Change. And whereas her NYC competitor was chosen to say, Latrice says there’s no dangerous blood; actually, she’s rooting for Monet.

“I used to be a fan of Monet earlier than she even received on the present — I've been watching that one for some time and loving her,” Latrice tells Billboard. “So I'm staff Monet, 100 %. You can quote me on that.”

Below, Billboard catches up with Latrice to debate what’s modified since her first time on Drag Race, her administration firm, and whether or not we’ll see her compete on a future season (“completely not").

This was the third time you've been eradicated from Drag Race. Does it get simpler?

Oh, rub it in. You're counting now? You're retaining rely. [Laughs] No. No, it doesn't. It simply sucks each single time. It sucks. It does.

As a queen from an older season, has the fandom sort of modified because you've been on the present?

Oh my god, completely. The demographic has gotten so broad and so younger. It's uncontrolled. Now there's some ruthless, die-hard followers that can reduce you. You know what I'm saying? They are critical about their queens, so it's lots. It's gotten means uncontrolled. That's a part of the explanation why I needed to return again, you realize what I imply? Just to reacquaint myself with this youthful era.

If you bought invited to a different season of All Stars, would you do it?

Oh, completely not. There isn’t any extra blood within the turnip. We can't squeeze that no extra. No juice left. She completed rolled this canine so far as she will go, hon. That's it, that's a wrap. I'll come again and play every so often. I wish to come play and be a particular visitor.

Which of the remaining rivals are you rooting for?

I'm staff Monet. 100 %. I instructed her that. I ain't no bones about it, too. And you realize Manila is my coronary heart. So I’ve to ensure I’m going on document and allow you to know that Manila is my coronary heart. That goes with out saying. Like that's simply widespread data. But I have to say it for individuals who don't have that. [Laughs] But I’m staff Monet.

Since the present filmed, you bought married. Your wedding ceremony was the identical weekend as Drag Con, and a lot of queens skipped that for you, proper?

They positive did. And much more wished they’d have. [Laughs] Not due to Drag Con, however as a result of they actually missed a tremendous wedding ceremony. It was a dream and it was actually lovely. My husband did an awesome job planning all of it — I wasn't there to assist as a result of I used to be capturing All Stars. So I left numerous it in his succesful fingers. His mother helped, too. So it was nice, it was like a dream come true.

I additionally needed to ask you about your administration enterprise.

We have LRI Talent and Management and we do have some queens on the roster. That's really what prevented me from happening season three of All Stars, as I’ve three women on my roster that have been on the present. I didn’t wish to have a battle of curiosity, so I didn't do it. A little bit identified truth.

What compelled you to start out this administration firm?

I didn't belief anyone. I used to be listening to horror tales. So I pulled collectively a staff of people who I trusted on the time. And then, in fact, we developed much more as a result of, you realize, you discover out the individuals you’ll be able to't belief. That's what actually motivated me. I simply needed the ladies to have a secure haven and know that any person who was within the enterprise received it, and understood what we wanted. You know what I imply?

I'm curious: in the event that they introduced again one other queen from the primary season of All Stars, who would you wish to see on All Stars 5?

Jujubee and Raven. I might like to see them again. But for Raven, how she's going to do this and [do Ru’s makeup]. That ain’t going to occur. I'd like to see Jujubee.

Before we go, what are your plans for 2019?

Well, we're going to attempt to sustain with ourselves this yr, as a result of it’s already past cray-cray. I'm actually making an attempt to proceed my journey into extra theater and extra scripted tv, the massive display screen. I’ve a number of issues cooking that we're simply within the very starting levels of, however I've undoubtedly received some irons within the fireplace. So I'm excited to see the way it all seems.